Automatic Enrolment: 170,000 more workers to be excluded

Auto EnrolmentChanges to the threshold when workers have to be automatically enrolled will exclude an additional 170,000 workers, the majority of whom are women, according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC). Over the next few years, the process of Automatic Enrolment will see all workers over the age of 22, who earn more than a set threshold, automatically enrolled into a pension. The threshold is linked to the Personal Allowance, £9,440 for the 2013/14 tax-year, but set to rise to £10,000 from 6th April 2014....

Average rents near record levels, as 1 in 3 council tenants fall into arrears

iStock_000001437287_ExtraSmallRecently released figures show average rents are just £1 off a record high, whilst council tenants are struggling to cope, following the introduction of the so-called ‘bedroom tax’. The buy to let index, compiled by LSL Property Services, shows average rents rose to £743 per month during the month of August, just £1 short of a new high. Compared to July rents were 0.7% higher, but were only up 1.3% on the same time last year; well ...

Companies who underpay employees set to be named and shamed

receiving moneyNew plans from the Government, will see firms who fail to pay their employees the national minimum wage named and shamed, in an ongoing crackdown on underpaying. The Trades Union Congress (TUC), has estimated over a quarter of a million workers in the UK are being paid less than the national minimum wage. Although this practice it is already illegal, the Government hope the new rules, to be introduced in October, will embarrass underpaying firms into paying the required amount. Past ...